Samsung Galaxy S21 series is expected to be announced on January 14, 2021, with Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra smartphones. Ahead of the official launch, several specifications as well official renders of the devices have been leaked online. The renders give us a good look at the Galaxy S21 lineup and reveal new colour variants for the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Meanwhile, Samsung has also dropped hints that it will bring Galaxy Note experiences to Galaxy S series. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S21 FE could launch on September 8 with an Exynos 2100 processor
In terms of design, the three phones could look similar with a protruding rear camera setup and flat display. Of course, the screen sizes will differ as the Galaxy S21 Ultra will have the largest display. Notably, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the most premium of the three and will come with five rear cameras compared to a triple rear camera setup on the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+. We take a look at everything we know about the Galaxy S21 series ahead of launch: Also Read - Top phones under Rs 70,000 in July 2021: OnePlus 9 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini and more
Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra: Everything we know so far
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Samsung Galaxy S21 will get a 6.2-inch screen, while the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra could come with 6.7-inch and 6.8-inch display respectively. A 120Hz refresh rate will be supported as well on the series. The three smartphones will sport a punch-hole display design that Samsung calls Infinity O design. Samsung is expected to go for a glass back design for the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra variants, while the standard varaint will retain a plastic back panel. The Galaxy S21 series will support in-display fingerprint sensor.
Processor and battery
Samsung Galaxy S21 series smartphones are said to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor in the US. In other markets like India, the smartphones will likely pack Exynos processor. The phones will run Android 11 out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will be offered in two storage variants of 256GB and 512GB, while the top of the line Galaxy S21 Ultra will be available in three storage options – 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, respectively.
Of course, we will have to wait for an official launch for confirmation. In terms of battery, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will pack the biggest 5,000mAh one, while the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ will be backed by 4,000mAh battery and 4,800mAh battery respectively.
The cameras will be a big feature as we have seen with the premium Galaxy S series devices in the past. The Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ could feature triple rear cameras, a combination of a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a secondary 12MP wide-angle lens and a 64MP telephoto lens. LED flash unit will be placed on the right side of the rear camera setup.
Coming to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the smartphone is said to come with a total of five back cameras including 108MP primary sensor, two 10MP telephoto lenses, 12MP ultra wide-angle sensor and finally 100x space zoom. The front camera on the phones will be included in the hole punch on top of the display.
S Pen support for Galaxy S21 Ultra?
Another big change could be the S Pen support for the higher-end Galaxy S21 Ultra, a feature that has so far remained exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. This was reported by Android Police, which added that the stylus will be sold separately.
Coming to the colour variants, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are said to be available in three colour options – phantom gray, phantom black, and phantom violet. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21 Ultra could come in only phantom black and phantom silver colour options.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro to launch too?
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are said to launch alongside the Galaxy S21 smartphone series as well. The Buds Pro could feature a design similar to Galaxy Buds Live, complete with a rounded case and in-ear buds. The new Samsung earbuds will support Bluetooth 5.1 and ctive Noise Cancellation (ANC) as well. In terms of battery, the Galaxy Buds Pro case is said to pack a 500mAh battery, while the earbuds will have 60mAh battery each. The device is said to cost around $199.